National Instruments opened its new NI Industrial IoT Lab on Jan. 10 at its headquarters in Austin, Texas. The lab focuses on intelligent systems connecting operations, IT, microgrid control and communication, advanced control for manufacturing, and asset monitoring of heavy equipment. It also seeks to foster collaboration between different companies to improve interoperability. The lab's sponsors include Analog Devices, Avnu Alliance, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Intel, Kalypso, OPC Foundation, OSIsoft, PTC, Real-Time Innovations, SparkCognition, Semikron, Viewpoint Systems and Xilinx. Through demonstrators, such as on-site IIC testbeds, participating companies can promote innovative solutions and drive discussions with the domain experts who see the real-world challenges.